GEMS Kingston Primary Academy
Unfortunately the new primary school is no longer set to open at Swan House in Kingston. The GEMS Learning Trust is very disappointed not to be able to bring the school to fruition at this location as a lot of effort and commitment was made to secure planning permission and design the school building itself. We understand that this may be disappointing news for interested parents and families who have been preparing to choose a primary school .
This change in plan is due to a slower growth in pupil numbers in the Kingston town area than was previously anticipated. The Department for Education are clear that new schools are only provided in the locations where there are not enough school places in the existing schools, therefore we cannot justify opening a new school in this particular location.
The GEMS Learning Trust remains determined to bring a new school to the borough and we continue to work very closely with the DfE, ESFA and the Local Authority to find a suitable site in an area where there aren’t already enough primary school places for the local community. The Trust is committed to creating excellent schools from the start and we are delighted that our first primary school which opened in Twickenham in 2015 was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in June 2018.